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6 New DVDs

Cast Off for MexicoIn their second video cruising guide (Cast Off for Catalina was released in 2005) Mark Ritts and Ted Field explain the ins and outs of cruising to Mexico, including what to bring, how to clear customs, and navigational tips. Though thy complete the trip on a powerboat, the video includes some excellent sailboat footage and would be a useful resource for

Cast Off for Mexico

In their second video cruising guide (Cast Off for Catalina was released in 2005) Mark Ritts and Ted Field explain the ins and outs of cruising to Mexico, including what to bring, how to clear customs, and navigational tips. Though thy complete the trip on a powerboat, the video includes some excellent sailboat footage and would be a useful resource for anyone sailing out of the country for the first time. What should you do once you get to Mexico? This video includes a tour of Ensenada and a nearby winery.

Cast Off for Mexico

100 minutes

$29.95

www.amazon.com

Dancing with the Wind

Ed Verner has now produced a "documentary" version of Dancing with the Wind his fabulous DVD account of a perfect weekend cruise aboard Wind Ketcher. This is truly a "why-to" rather than a "how-to," immersing you in the beauty and passion of sailing. This new version has an almost poetic narrative accompanying the original score, composed and played by the captain himself. From a soothing twilight anchorage to an invigorating sandwich-overboard drill, this movie conveys the wonder of our sport. The new package includes the original "meditation" without a single spoken word, the "documentary" version, and the soundtrack.

Dancing with the Wind

28 minutes + extras

$19.95

www.dancingwiththewind.net

Sail Vicarious: Year of the Refit

With more experience in boating and filmmaking under their belts, Spencer and Kathleen Bailey are back with the second installment of their Sail Vicarious series. This DVD follows their progress as they tackle major boat projects from plumbing and electrical systems to interior and exterior refitting. Their conversational tone makes this feel like a boat maintenance blog in video form. Their narrative is clear and detailed laying out the processes they went through and the decisions they had to make, but it is not a substitute for a step-by-step how-to. Think of it more as a heads up on what these projects will get you into with some ideas on methodology thrown in.

Sail Vicarious: Year of the Refit

150 minutes + extras

$29.95

www.sailvicarious.com

Cruising Has No Limits

Lin and Larry Pardey have done it again. As they recount some of their most memorable trips, from sailing in Africa, Brazil, and Ireland to an African safari in a retrofitted SUV, they convey the magic and adventure of the cruising life. Their presentation can’t help but inspire you to go out and see the world. The script is read somewhat haltingly, but the sailing and wildlife footage is spectacular.

Cruising Has No Limits

74 minutes

$22.95

www.landlpardey.com

High Seas Schooner

Ever wanted to sail the high seas aboard a classic schooner? High Seas Schooner will give you a taste of what it’s all about. This video follows a celestial-navigation course on a passage from St. Thomas, USVI, to Bermuda, documenting life on board as well as teaching essential terminology. Though the dialogue can be a bit slow at times, the footage makes you feel you’re really on board.

High Seas Schooner

95 minutes

$29.95

www.sea-tvproductions.com

Ice Blink

The Martin family is not your average family. Their three children were born and raised during a circumnavigation aboard a 25-foot sailboat. Then, with a new boat, the 33-foot steel sloop Driver, they set out to circumnavigate Iceland. This film, though packed with impressive footage of their voyages, is essentially a primer on living aboard with children. The Martins explain why they chose their unconventional life and how they made it possible. Their tale makes an interesting travelogue, and their tips are invaluable if you are considering following in their wake. And even if you aren’t, their message that anyone can cruise right now if they want to is an inspiration to us all.

Ice Blink

56 minutes

$17.95

www.iceblinksail.com


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